Crabtree is Assistant Director for Cyberinfrastructure at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at UNC Chapel Hill. The institute’s social science data archive is one of the oldest and most extensive in the country. As assistant director, Crabtree completely revamped the institute’s technology infrastructure and has positioned the institute to assume a leading national role in information archiving. His current efforts include working on the NSF Funded ImPact project developing infrastructure for sensitive data sharing as well as an Alfred P Sloan funded effort CoRE2, to develop a journal research data verification workflow around Dataverse. He is also currently the president of the International Federation of Data Organizations (IFDO) and on the inaugural steering committee of the Global Dataverse Community Consortium (GDCC). Additionally he is a reviewer for the CoreTrustSeal Assembly of Reviewers.
Crabtree’s experience in information technology and networking as well as his engineering background bring a different perspective to his current role. Crabtree joined the institute more than twenty years ago and is responsible for designing and maintaining the technology infrastructure that supports the institute’s wide array of services. Before moving to the social science side of campus he was an information systems technologist for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. His grounding in medical information technology adds to his education and training in electrical engineering, library and information science, digital preservation, computer science, economics, geographic information systems, hydrology and geomorphology. He is currently researching the perspectives on trusted digital repository audit responds as part of his Information Science dissertation work at UNC Chapel Hill.